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Do We Shape Our Own World?

Last week I shared an article called “If It’s All About Me…” where I talked “me-centered” people. In that article, I included the following quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy,  “at the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CSirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11 (see 11b)Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aLuke 14:1, 7-14 September 1, 2019 “Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees.”  The people there observed Jesus carefully, perhaps looking to find something to trap him with.  Jesus is also observing their […]

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Homily

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year CEcclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17 (95:8)Colossians 3:1-5, 9, 11Luke 12:13-21August 4, 2019 We hear that “someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” We are not told the person’s name.  The person is only identified as “someone.”  […]

Sloth – The Last of the Seven Deadly Sins

Sloth, in a sense, is laziness but it is not plain laziness.  Catholic Reference Net defines sloth as Sluggishness of soul or boredom because of the exertion necessary for the performance of a good work. The good work may be a corporal task, such as walking; or a mental exercise, such as writing; or a […]

Beauty or Object of Pleasure?

We continue with our discussion of the Seven Deadly Sins.  Today we look at lust.  Lust and love are two different things.  When we love someone we care about their needs.  We do what we can to help them because we understand them to be a “person” with a special dignity given by God.  We […]


Gluttony is defined by as an “inordinate desire for the pleasure connected with food or drink.”  Gluttony is eating or drinking too much.  Eating too much can lead to obesity, heart attacks, and obesity.  Excessive drinking can lead to alcoholism.  Even if the drinker is not an alcoholic, the excess drink can still lead […]

Greed and Envy

Continuing our look at the Seven Deadly Sins, I turn to greed and envy.  I put these two together because they both seek to have things we do not have.  Greed is to seek what we do not have.  It is not directed towards any person.  It is excessive desire to have material things or power.  […]


Is pride always a sin? We are to be happy when we do good things.  But what is our attitude when we do good work?  Do we take all the credit without acknowledging those who helped us or without thanking God for helping us? When we have done good work we should be pleased.  We […]


Continuing our discussion on the seven deadly sins, we turn to anger.  The gospel for tomorrow (Friday, February 26, 2010) speaks of angry.  Jesus refers to the commandment “You shall not kill” and takes it further.  Not only should we not kill, we shouldn’t even be angry with people. That’s tough!  Isn’t it natural to […]

The Seven Deadly Sins

We don’t talk much about sin anymore.  The pendulum swung from frequent Confession to occasion, or never, going to the sacrament.  However, sin has not gone away.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines sin as Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and […]